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Aspen stands in Southwest suffering from fungal disease
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Visitors marveling at the fall foliage in national forests might find that some of the aspen leaves are brown and blotchy or gone already....

Hurricane and rainstorm are locked in a dangerous dance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hurricane Joaquin is locked in a dance with an extraordinarily heavy rainstorm that is already drenching the Carolinas. As the two draw closer together over the next few days, the effects could be disastrous for the East Coast....

NASA releases best photos yet of Pluto's jumbo moon, Charon
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Pluto's big moon, Charon, is being revealed in all its rugged glory....

Russian supply ship docks at space station
MOSCOW (AP) -- An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked with the International Space Station, bringing the astronauts aboard 2.3 tons (2.5 short tons) of supplies ranging from air to garlic....

India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's long-awaited pledge for a global climate pact shows how the world's No. 3 carbon polluter is making significant efforts to rein in the growth of emissions linked to its fast-surging demands for energy, analysts said Friday....

New Jersey wants another year to settle oyster research flap
New Jersey wants another year to decide one of its most intractable environmental issues: whether to allow experimental oyster colonies in polluted areas to see if they can help clean the waterways....

Rare Q fever outbreak reported in American medical tourists
NEW YORK (AP) -- Five Americans came down with an unusual illness after traveling to Germany for a controversial treatment involving injections with sheep cells, health officials reported Wednesday....

Lead scientist of Pluto expedition has book deal
NEW YORK (AP) -- You've seen the images from Pluto. Now, the lead scientist of the historic NASA expedition is ready to tell the whole story....

Excavator: Ancient grave in Greece honored Alexander's pal
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- An opulent underground monument in northern Greece that caused a stir when excavated last year may have been a symbolic grave - but not the final resting place of - the closest friend and general of ancient warrior-king Alexander the Great, the excavator claimed Wednesday....

Researchers: carbon pledges lower warming forecast
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A climate research group says carbon emissions cuts pledged by governments could rein in global warming by up to 1 degree C (1.8 degrees F) by 2100....